Now that we've covered nutrients to look for in our foods and supplements and things to eliminate immediately from our diets, you may be thinking, great, but how does all of this information translate into the real world? It's a really good question, one with many different answers.
So here at SmartyPants we decided to ask one of our favorite chefs, Taylor Hall of Apis restaurant in the Texas Hill Country (opening in November 2014) for a real world example of living healthy — a simple, delicious and healthy dinner jam-packed with dietary superstars.
Below is a recipe for a meal that is rich in virtually all aspects of nutrition. The salmon is high in omegas, vitamins A, D, B6 and B12. The pine nuts offer an array of essential minerals to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol) and the sunflower seeds also help with HDL.
We all know quinoa is a superfood offering proteins, amino acids, and great vitamins and minerals. And finally, the kale offers cancer fighting, anti-inflammatory, fiber and detoxification properties to the body, which are delivered at its maximum potential by steaming the vegetable. Kale is also one of the most vitamin and nutrient rich vegetables.
And … the entire meal is gluten-free!
Pan Seared Wild Salmon / Sunflower Seed-Dill Pesto / Steamed Kale with Pine Nuts & Quinoa
For the Pesto: